The South China Sea Disputes: Whither a Solution?
The on-going disputes amongst China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei in the South China Sea have reached an impasse as a result of heightened tensions in recent years. The fact that they involve the concept of sovereignty and that none of the claimant parties are willing to make a compromise have added layers of complexity, preventing much progress from being achieved. This has made the prospect of resolution unlikely in the near future. This chapter evaluates existing approaches directed towards resolving the South China Sea disputes. It argues that a comprehensive and durable resolution of the disputes (especially those aspects concerning sovereignty) cannot be expected in the foreseeable future. It therefore suggests that claimant parties should focus on exploring ways for better management of the disputes.
KeywordsForeign Affair Territorial Dispute Claimant State International Crisis Group Dispute Area
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